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Financial Transaction Tax: Has the Time Come?

The FTT has been under discussion for more than 5 years now. After such a long process, will an agreement be reached or will...

A first step in the fight against conflict minerals

On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of minerals which had previously been approved by the...

The Rome Treaties, a successful story of friendship and perseverance

Back in 1957, what shape was united Europe going to take? What was the mindset of the leaders of Europe at that time ? We...

You shall not tell lies!

The spread of fake news has made truth and lies an urgent topic of political and social debate. The Association for the German Language...

Mixed results for legislation on “conflict minerals”

After three years of negotiations, the European Union has finally got round to legislating on conflict minerals.  Definitely a step forward, but not going...

Rural depopulation – The harvest is rich but the labourers are...

Responding to ever-louder calls for a radical overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy (‘CAP’), MEPs have recently voted in favour of measures to help...

EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached

22 November 2016: Following the publication of the EU’s proposed regulation on conflict minerals, JESC together with 27 other faith and civil society groups...

Brexit and its impacts on environmental policy

Brexit’s impact on environmental policy will be felt not just in the UK but also in the European Union. While the UK risks sliding...